Sunday, October 17, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Week 1: (November 1-5) – Your Year in Nonfiction with Rennie at What’s Nonfiction: Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions – What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year? Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year? What nonfiction book have you recommended the most? What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
Week 2: (November 8-12) – Book Pairing with Katie at Doing Dewey: This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story.
Week 3: (November 15-19) – Be/Ask/Become the Expert with Veronica at The Thousand Book Project: Three ways to join in this week! You can either share 3 or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).
Week 4: (November 22-26) – Stranger Than Fiction with Christopher at Plucked from the Stacks: This week we’re focusing on all the great nonfiction books that *almost* don’t seem real. A sports biography involving overcoming massive obstacles, a profile on a bizarre scam, a look into the natural wonders in our world—basically, if it makes your jaw drop, you can highlight it for this week’s topic.
Week 5: (November 29-December 3) — New to My TBR with Jaymi at The OC Book Girl: It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book!
I love this event and have participated for years. This week I'm starting to get my book list together... and have already found that there are way too many choices! One thing I've always appreciated about Nonfiction November is that you can participate at whatever level your schedule allows, one week or all five. Nonfiction reviews can be posted at any time and linked with current week's host.
Do you ever read nonfiction? Will you be participating in Nonfiction November?
Sunday, October 10, 2021
Hello from sunny Florida! We are finally unpacked and organized, and we have a schedule for finishing the downstairs renovation. That's definitely progress. We made time to watch a couple of gorgeous sunsets on the beach, and enjoyed a meal on the patio of a favorite restaurant.
I also managed to finish two books. Both were short, but they provided some much-needed reading momentum. Overall, a good week.
Parnassus On Wheels by Christopher Morleynarrated by Nadia May
This old-fashioned, feel-good story will be appreciated by book lovers everywhere! Written in 1917, the publisher's brief summary says it all:
Parnassus on Wheels is the story of a marvelous man, small in stature, wiry as a cat, yet Olympic in personality. Roger Mifflin is part pixie, part sage, part noble savage, and all God's creature. With his traveling book wagon, named Parnassus, he moves through the New England countryside of 1915 on an itinerant mission of enlightenment. Mifflin's delight in books and authors (if not publishers) is infectious. With his singular philosophy and bright eyes, he comes to represent the heart and soul of the book world.
A roaring good adventure yarn spiced with fiery roadside brawls, ...heroic escapes from death, and a rare love story, Roger Mifflin's story shows how bookselling can be one of the world's highest callings: dispelling ignorance while causing constant delight.
The audio is only 3 1/2 hours and is included free with an audible plus membership. I found it to be a truly delightful listen and was pleased to learn it is part of a two-book series. The Haunted Bookshop is now on my list.
An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed by Helene Tursten
The second book in the" Elderly Lady" series was released last week and it was so good to catch up with Maud, the 88-year-old serial killer! Again, the book is small-scale hardback consisting of several short stories. It opens with Maud embarking on a grand trip. The first few stories are memories, or Maud's musings, while the last two are longer and occur in the present. I loved reading about how Maud chooses to structure her golden years, but think you really need to read the first book, An Elderly Lady is Up To No Good, to fully appreciate this one. I'm hoping for a third book soon.
The library came through! I was able to borrow this book the day it released and yesterday the audio version arrived via Overdrive. This is classic Franzen... the writing is just so good, the characters are the real thing. They are people from our hometowns; we probably knew them in high school. I can't wait to read more. And the audio version narrated by David Pittu is a pleasure to listen to on my morning walks, too.
Have you seen anything about Nonfiction November? Is it happening this year? I haven't been around much lately and may have missed the announcement. I love that event!
Sunday Evening Update: Deb from Readerbuzz sent a message to one of the hosts of Nonfiction November, Rennie of What's Nonfiction, asking about this year's event. Here is her reply:
Thanks for reaching out!
We’re a little late in getting an announcement out this year because some new hosts were being brought on board and took a bit more planning. But it’s happening :) and good timing - check back at my blog for the announcement tomorrow. Happy to hear people are already looking forward to it!
In the kitchen//
It's great to be back in my own kitchen again! I haven't been able to do this section of my weekly post for a while and it feels like I accumulated a lot of new recipes over the summer. Now the trick is to try them all!
It's still pasta salad season in Florida and this Pesto Pasta Caprese is filled with flavors I love. I couldn't find the recipe online, so here is a photo of it instead.
For main dishes, these two seafood recipes turned out really well. The Grilled Swordfish with a delicious lemon and herb marinade (from Katie Workman) was spiced up with a dash of Worcestershire sauce. We also enjoyed Skinnytaste's Asian Farro Medley with Salmon, but the next time I will dial back the sambal chili paste. This was the first time I''ve used sambal oelek and probably should have tried some first... very spicy!
The week ahead//
My BIL and his family have flown in for the week and are staying at the condo. They'll be spending some time with my FIL, but I'm sure we'll see plenty of them, too. Work will hopefully resume on our downstairs renovation. There isn't much more to do, but we will need that space for the holidays. And, of course, I'll continue to work my way through Crossroads...it's long, but so good!
That's it for my week. How was yours? What are you reading?
Sunday, October 3, 2021
Another classic, this bookish novel is short, humorous, and the audio is included in my audible plus membership. I'll finish it on my walk tomorrow morning.
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Saturday, September 4, 2021
Labor Day weekend... the end of "meteorological" summer. It's getting dark a little earlier and the evening air has a chill. I haven't seen any changing leaves here in southern CT, but it's certainly started in central New York. Where did the summer go?
We had several visits from our NYC daughters, caught up with old CT friends, explored the historic town of Essex, and (thanks to Henri) even spent a few days in NY with my parents. In spite of all that, I still managed to finish five books. BUT one was a play and one was an extended short story, so not very impressive on the reading front.
- The Street by Ann Petry - 4.5/5 stars, classic
- A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams - 3/5 stars, classic, play
- The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor - 4/5 stars, classic fiction
- We Are the Brennans by Tracey Lange - 4/5 stars, contemporary fiction
- The Sixth Wedding by Elin Hilderbrand -3/5 stars, expended short story
My favorite August book:
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
It's September and you know what that means... RIP is back! Now in its 16th year, RIP - Readers Imbibing Peril - has a home at @perilreaders on Instagram and twitter. The event, which runs through Halloween, encourages readers everywhere to enjoy:
- Dark Fantasy
Visit @perilreaders to check out various challenges and information on this year's group read.
I'm not a big mystery reader, I definitely don't read horror, and have never gotten into fantasy either, but there are still plenty of books on my RIP tbr. These are the ones I hope to read this year:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (reread)
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley (audio)
An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed by Helene Tursten (release date 10/5)
Are you participating in RIP this year?
Sunday, August 29, 2021
I'm about 20% into this coming-of-age story set in 1970s Baltimore. It's wonderful so far!
Later today I'll pick out my next audiobook. I'm leaning toward nonfiction... possibly The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton. Have you read this one?
On the blog//
That's it for my week. How was yours? What are you reading?
Saturday, August 28, 2021
The Street by Ann Petry
Sunday, August 22, 2021
The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor
I was planning to listen to this novel but, after purchasing it from audible, I discovered the audio production was abridged - very disappointing! Thankfully audible has excellent customer service and quickly refunded the charge to my credit card. My library had the ebook available and I reread the first "story" to see what I missed and continued happily to the end.
The Women of Brewster Place, published in 1982, is a novel told in stories. They center around the women who live in the eponymous housing project and their struggles of daily life. It's a touching and beautifully written book. Oprah Winfrey produced a television miniseries in 1989, which I don't recall watching at the time. I plan to now.
Earlier this year I listened to a short story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw, which now feels like an homage to this work by Gloria Naylor.